Documentary - Big River Man

The true story of Martin Strel's swim down the entire 3300 mile length of the Amazon River.

"Martin Strel (born 1 October 1954) in Mokronog, SFR Yugoslavia, is a legendary Slovenian long-distance swimmer, best known for swimming the entire length of various rivers. Strel holds successive Guinness World Records for swimming the Danube river, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon River. During his swims, he sleeps for 5 hours each day. He prepares himself for a long-distance swim over a year and a half. It usually takes 6 to 7 months for Strel to recover physically. His motto is 'swimming for peace, friendship and clean waters.'" (Wikipedia)


  1. What a beast.
    In the Amazon, I'd be concerned about those fish that burrow into your urethra.

  2. No kidding. There must be like 5 billion different things that can you kill you in frightening and disgusting ways in that river...

    Very impressive, though!

  3. Apparently when he finished his swim he had to be carried away, and his skin was invested with larvae. His team had buckets of blood ready to pour into the river to distract piranhas from eating him. Pretty crazy. It seems like the documentary is on Youtube... watching now.


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